Burnham Pointe Park
In 2019, the City of West Allis partnered with the Better Block, an urban design non-profit, to initiate revitalization efforts in the City’s Burnham Pointe district, south 60th St. and W. Burnham Street. With independent businesses, vibrant restaurants, and a diverse population, Burnham Pointe is well positioned for residential and economic growth.
While collaborating with Better Block, a survey was conducted of those who live and work in the Burnham Pointe area, which revealed a desire for more lighting and additional safety measures, particularly at the 60th and Burnham intersection. Respondents also requested better aesthetics, gathering spaces, and landscaping.
Using this information, on September 6 and 7 of 2019, Better Block, Burnham Pointe residents and businesses, and the community gathered at 60th and Burnham and the adjacent City-owned vacant lot to imagine what the area could be. Temporary bike lanes, bump-outs, outdoor seating, lighting, and planters were installed to help envision a more safe, welcoming destination. The vacant lot came alive with food trucks, live music, a natural play area for children, and more, to create a lively community gathering space.
2021 GRAND OPENING & RIBBON CUTTING
Sept. 23, 2021's grand opening included:
- Live music, family-friendly activities, and Lola’s Empanadas food truck
- Ribbon cutting with Mayor Dan Devine, elected officials, and City staff
- Kids’ crafts and story walk with West Allis Public Library
- Kids’ activities from West Allis-West Milwaukee Recreation & Community Services Operation Recreation
- Artist Erico Ortiz live painting the park’s Little Free Library
- Featured musician: Orlando Peña